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Definition of grease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : rendered animal fat
b : oily matter
c : a thick lubricant
2 : wool as it comes from the sheep retaining the natural oils or fats
in the grease
of wool or fur : in the natural uncleaned condition


\ ˈgrēs How to pronounce grease (audio) , ˈgrēz How to pronounce grease (audio) \
greased; greasing

Definition of grease (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to smear or daub with grease
2 : to lubricate with grease
3 : to soil with grease
4 : to hasten the process or progress of also : facilitate
grease the hand of or grease the palm of

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Other Words from grease


greaseless \ ˈgrēs-​ləs How to pronounce greaseless (audio) \ adjective
greaseproof \ ˈgrēs-​ˈprüf How to pronounce greaseproof (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for grease

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of grease in a Sentence

Verb Grease the pan before you put the cake batter in. make sure you grease the pan before you put the batter in
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The game continues a rivalry, one that has Richard Sherman’s fingerprints — dripping with turkey grease — all over it. Ann Killion,, "Sorry, Richard Sherman. 49ers vs. Seahawks is not just ‘another game’," 9 Nov. 2019 The backs of the boxes are varnished, but covered with grease, sauce and cheese underneath. Taylor Hartz,, "Artist Paul Mack shows collection of paintings on used pizza boxes at Villa Napoli Pizzeria," 6 Nov. 2019 Air fryers do away with that unhealthy grease, and have become a hugely popular kitchen gadget in 2019. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "The 20 best Hanukkah gifts to give this season," 22 Oct. 2019 Pizza boxes stained with grease, for example, won’t cut it. Emily Chasan, Los Angeles Times, "Can U.S. consumers save paper recycling, one straw or TV dinner tray at a time?," 20 Oct. 2019 Pour out a bit of the grease into an empty beer or bean can. Danika Worthington, The Know, "5 dirtbag camping recipes inspired by Colorado," 9 Oct. 2019 Add the diced onion and the cubed apples to the sauté pan with the remaining sausage grease, and sauté over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the onions and apples are soft, about 8-10 minutes. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Ready for fall? Try these ready-to-serve casserole recipes," 16 Sep. 2019 Rory’s mouth was shiny with grease and Eustace had his face down almost on the plate, the pair savaging at their food with the shameless avidity of children. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 Drain all but 3 tablespoons of the sausage grease from the pan. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Ready for fall? Try these ready-to-serve casserole recipes," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The corrugated slopes, sheeted in mist, are clogged with jungle undergrowth and greased with mud. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Living tree bridges in India stand strong for hundreds of years," 11 Nov. 2019 Deep political connections that normally grease the airplane maker's way in Washington meant nothing on Tuesday, as its CEO endured a fearsome dressing-down on the anniversary of last year's Lion Air crash. Stephen Collinson And Caitlin Hu, CNN, "What Boeing's humbling means for America," 30 Oct. 2019 Many of the details of the Russians’ operations in the compendium have been reported elsewhere, including the key players who greased the skids. Casey Michel, The New Republic, "How the NRA Sold Out America," 2 Oct. 2019 Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a large Dutch oven or other ovenproof pot with a lid. Los Angeles Times, "The best Rosh Hashanah recipes from the author of ‘The Jewish Cookbook’," 28 Sep. 2019 Two generations of political consultants have made their careers by knowing how to fill hotel rooms in Des Moines and whose palms to grease in Nashua. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Cancel the Primaries," 1 Nov. 2019 The implication is that Wayne’s voice matters; the black characters are there to help grease the skids for Joker’s imminent rise. Beandrea July, Time, "In Joker, Black Women Are Visible But They Are Not Seen," 11 Oct. 2019 Use the shortening to generously grease a 10-inch Bundt pan., "Most read on," 24 Sep. 2019 Use up to a tablespoon of oil to grease both fillets all over, then season them lightly with the salt and pepper. Washington Post, "A fresh 20-minute take on the classic pairing of salmon and citrus," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of grease


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grease


Middle English grese, from Anglo-French gresse, greisse, creisse, from Vulgar Latin *crassia, from Latin crassus fat

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The first known use of grease was in the 13th century

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24 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Grease.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of grease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: melted animal fat
: an oily substance


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English Language Learners Definition of grease (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put a thin layer of grease or oil on (something)


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Kids Definition of grease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a substance obtained from animal fat by melting
2 : oily material
3 : a thick lubricant


\ ˈgrēs How to pronounce grease (audio) , ˈgrēz\
greased; greasing

Kids Definition of grease (Entry 2 of 2)

: to coat or lubricate with an oily material

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